Buddhism and Psychotherapy: Interview With Dr. Miles Neale

Buddhism has been increasingly incorporated into psychotherapy. Why? How does it further our understanding of what it means to be human? In this interview, Dr. Miles Neale offers his perspective on how Buddhist practice promotes our development as individuals and as a species.

Why You Can't Sit in Meditation (And What to Do About It)

Many folks like the idea of meditation, but can't sit still. Instead of getting frustrated, get inspired to practice differently. A little mindful movement goes a long way.

Why You Can't Meditate (And What to Do About It)

The first in a series on obstacles to meditation practice, this article explores what to do when we don't have enough time to meditate.

Honk if you love mindfulness! Ten tips for mindful commuting

How do people practice mindfulness when commuting? Indeed, this can be an incredibly frustrating and stressful experience for us.

Buddhism and Psychotherapy: An interview with Dr. Mark Epstein

Dr. Mark Epstein answers questions on Buddhism, psychotherapy, and meditation in the city.

Compassion in the City: An Interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg discusses the application of mindfulness, compassion, and other Buddhist practices to common urban experiences.

Top 10 Reasons Why Mindfulness is Cool

Within psychology, mindfulness has been growing in popularity over the past few decades. It's been described as awareness, an openness to our experiences, and objective observation (among other things). But, what is it about mindfulness that makes it so great?

Letting Go of Expectations: A Lesson in Mindful Parenting

Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn have describe parenting as "a gigantic adventure" and "an 18 year retreat" in mindfulness.  So, what's a struggling-to-be-mindful dad do when his son won't answer a simple question?

The Dalai Lama on Urban Mindfulness, Violent Offenders, and Mad Dogs

Last month, the Dalai Lama was the featured speaker at a conference on wisdom and compassion sponsored by Harvard Medical School. In this post, I share some of the insights that he shared, including an observation on the special importance of mindfulness for us city dwellers!

What the Dalai Lama Doesn't Know...

Last week, I attended a 2-day conference on meditation and psychotherapy co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School. The theme of the conference was "Wisdom and Compassion", featuring the Dalai Lama as the main speaker. For six hours, he answered questions posed by prominent scientists and clinicians.

Spring into Mindfulness

Seasonal changes can facilitate mindfulness. As the weather changes, so does our perspective. Springtime, in particular, is a wonderful time to become more aware of the growth and life that surrounds us.

Plants Make You Feel Better

Stressed at work or school?  Recent research has suggested that houseplants can lighten our mood and improve productivity.

Hope for Change (or Vice Versa)

From a mindfulness perspective, both pessimism and optimism are states of mind introduced into the present moment, but neither accurately describes what is happening now. They represent our expectations or predictions for what will happen in the future, which has yet to occur. In a way, they are both wrong.